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Music Appreciation & History (MA)

Music Appreciation & History (MA)

MA101 – Music Appreciation (History of Church Music)

Recommended for: Any interested in the history of our church music

Required for: All first year students (Open to spouses of paying students)

Description: Biblical music history and stories behind specific songs, authors and composers

Goal: For the student to gain an appreciation for our music heritage


  1. Music in the Bible
  2. Post New Testament church music
  3. Reformation music
  4. British hymns and authors
  5. American hymns and authors
  6. Composers and authors from the churches of Christ


MA201 – Music Appreciation (Trends in Church Music)

Recommended for: Any interested in visualizing how our music has and is changing

Required for: All second year students

Description: A survey of church music and changing times

Goal: To equip the student with a basic knowledge of the various styles of church music and how they relate to culture


  1. Physical history found in the ACU Library Archives
  2. Music during the Restoration Movement 3) Sacred Harp singing and Shape Notation
  3. Hymnals during the Restoration Movement
  4. Liturgical materials, A/V resources in worship
  5. Contemporary Music
  6. What does the future hold


MA301 – Music Appreciation (History of Public Worship)

Recommended for: Any interested in the history of public worship

Required for: All third year students

Description: Review of the history of public worship from historical and Biblical perspectives

Goal: For the student to gain an appreciation of customs and heritage in our worship


  1. Pre-Mosaic worship
  2. Worship under the Mosaic Law
  3. Jewish synagogue worship
  4. New Testament worship
  5. Home churches
  6. The Roman Church
  7. Worship during the reformation movement
  8. Worship in the Americas
  9. Worship during the restoration movement


MA401 – Music Appreciation (Science of Sound)

Recommended for: All fourth year students

Description: This class focuses on a practical understanding of sound as it relates to singing. Material presentation is through numerous visual aids and demonstrations. Some fundamental math concepts are used, but are thoroughly covered as part of the course.

Goal: To give the student a basic conversational understanding of the principles of sound


  1. The four characteristics of sound
  2. Hearing
  3. Singing
  4. Musical scale
  5. Interference
  6. Standing waves
  7. Resonance
  8. Architectural acoustics